Study Coordinator

South Africa’s health, humanitarian, and socio-economic problems are characterized by extreme inequalities and misdistribution of resources.  Thirteen per cent of the population lives in “first world” conditions, while nearly 50% live in poverty, characterised by poor housing and limited access to basic services, such as water, sanitation, electricity and primary education.  Worldwide, South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV – at 6.8 million – and the largest antiretroviral therapy programme, the highest incidence of tuberculosis – with an increasing drug resistant TB epidemic –, and the highest recorded rate of rape. Migrants are at increased risk of violence and have limited access to health care.

MSF currently runs 4 projects in South Africa: 1. Piloting innovative models of care towards increased testing, linking, successfully treating (undetectable) and retaining people with HIV/TB, including DR-TB, in Khayelitsha; 2. Reducing HIV and TB incidence, morbidity and mortality via combination prevention in Eshowe & Mbongolwane; 3. Responding to Sexual & Gender Based Violence within a Large Migrant Population in Rustenburg; and 4. the Stop Stock Out Project monitoring stock outs of essential medicines in South Africa (as a member of a civil society consortium). In addition to medical service delivery, MSF conducts operational research, training and mentoring, and advocacy towards policy change in the areas of HIV, TB, sexual violence, vulnerable migrants, and patent law reform in South Africa.

 

Based in Khayelitsha: MSF seeks to appoint a study coordinator to manage a PrEP pilot, outlined below:

PrEP Pilot

In South Africa, young women aged 15 – 24 have four times higher HIV incidence than their male counterparts. Our open-label pilot project seeks to provide Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to young high-risk women in a community-based setting, in conjunction with contraceptive services. We hope to develop a replicable pilot for making PrEP accessible among this high-risk group, and develop much-needed strategies to improve adherence. In addition, we will also be running a smaller, qualitative study, to explore barriers and facilitators to PrEP uptake and effective use in more depth

 

The applicant would work with an existing team, and would be supported by a manager and medical staff.

Requirements:

  • South African citizens or have a valid working visa
  • At least a bachelors level qualification in health or social science related field.
  • Clinical degree with HIV-related training or experience, public health degree, Good clinical practice (GCP) training, Interest in and knowledge of qualitative research methods will be an advantage.
  • Professional experience in the HIV/AIDS field and in the public health sector required. Further advantage will be given to applicants with experience in:
    • psychosocial support of youth
    • research experience related to behavioural/health-related interventions and risk perception
    • writing academic reports or papers
    • Experience working in Khayelitsha
  • Good knowledge of MS Office.

 

Additional/Desired skills, attributes and experience:

  • Common sense, patience and good communication skills
  • Strong in human resources management
  • Energetic, resilient, diplomatic and dynamic person
  • Strong team leadership
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Ability to work in a small team under pressure and independently
  • Writing and analysis skills

 

PRINCIPLE ACTIVITIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

The PreP Study Coordinator will be incharge for the below programmes only while the current Study Coordinator is on maternity leave

 

  • Lead research ethics submissions and revisions, with guidance/input from study team
  • Coordinate logistics of study, including:
    • Maintaining relationship with study site clinic staff
    • Overseeing day to day operations of the study according to protocol
    • Training and supporting clinical staff/counsellors in study procedures
    • Working with patient support team to develop educational, counselling and adherence materials where necessary
    • Overseeing day to day operations of the study according to protocol
    • Monitoring documentation of routine and study-specific clinical data, quality control
    • Weekly reports on study progress to MSF and clinic staff
    • Initiating and supporting community education such as radio shows or distribution of educational material, as necessary
    • Operational support of qualitative PrEP study

 

Job Advantages and Career opportunities:

  • Experience in a well-known and professionally recognized international medical humanitarian organization
  • Salary package comparable to other non-profit organizations
  • 100% medical aid
  • 13th Cheque
  • 10% pension allowance

 

Duration: 06 months (Maternity Cover). Starting date 1 February 2018.

Please email a one page application letter, your comprehensive CV with details of 3 contactable referees to: [email protected]